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GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 8th: Mash The Keypad Gallery

The attendees of Bristol came and played their hearts out, in a competition that had two major prizes. Cash, physical prizes and pride was on the line, as not three, but four attendees walked away with a gift worth talking about. The retro games took their toll on people, as they were as hard as we remembered them. As another event is now behind us, it’s time for our monthly look back at what happened. As ever, we’ll look at the numbers that made up our event, as well as the competition, the prizes and more.

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Organising A Meetup: A Purpose For Your Group

I recently started to talk about the concept of running meetups for yourself; having a common purpose, a common idea or even just an excuse to get some people out of the house. All in all, running a Meetup is an enormous undertaking with huge benefits, whether it be one under the Meetup.com banner, or an event that you’re just putting together. I’ve done some of these articles in the past, but every now and then I still recieve emails and notifications through various places. I sometimes get asked if someone can run an event for me, when they have no experience. I sometimes get asked if they can take over my event (…). Anyway, this is how to run a meetup and how purpose matters.

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GeekOut Meetups in 2019

All of the GeekOut Meetups for 2018 are over with. That’s it, there’s no more this year. We’re not doing a New Years Eve special this year in Bristol, so we’ll be back in 2019! Joel and I have been hard at work to try and get the perfect meets arranged for the new year. As ever, we want to make sure we deliver the best monthly geeky events and we will stay free to attend. There are some changes coming for the Shrewsbury folk, with some changes to Monty’s Tower, but other than that we’re going to be having another awesome year of events. Read on to find out when our events for next year are and what the general themes are.

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The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update VII

It’s been a couple of months, and I was waiting on a few more things to come about, but there has been a great deal of progress made in the last eight weeks. It’ll be a short update, but let’s start with…

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AmeCon 2018 – Previews

So, with this heat devouring my ability to think coherently, my anticipated article will be temporarily suspended in favour of a quick look at the one thing consuming my time over the coming week, Amecon.

Always glad to return to the Warwick Arts Centre, the place where it all began so far as Tim and I go, meeting on the circle steps at Ayacon Apocalypse, part of a braying crowd demanding Matt Mercer be spanked with a LARP sword, now that I’ve seen some Critical Role I’m ever more pleased about that little story, and the autograph in my campaign notebook with a badly drawn D20 in his own hand.

But the work being done to the campus is going to cause some serious upheaval for the weekend, room changes for both the event and the accommodation, and no doubt it’ll still be causing grief for us all until the last day. We can make the most of what we have, this is still one of the greatest events on the national geek calendar. My panel, the GMs Round Table with Chris and Lynsey, a pair of very experienced GMs and DMs who will spend some time in the traditional games room running games for any fool willing to step to the table. Otherwise come find us in Helen Martin (apparently used as a cosplay holding area) on Friday at 20:30, for story swapping, and all those burning questions about role-playing answered, probably with three different answers.

As much as I want to go to Paper to Photoshop, after being a guest on a Bunkazilla podcast recently I feel near-obliged to go and check that panel out instead, I don’t own Photoshop, no bad thing. There’s a singing workshop later in the day before the opening ceremonies, a LARP panel that overlaps with Taskmaster, so I guess that’ll be an interesting decision to make hastily at the last minute before I go prep for the Round Table.

Aside from a long panel on coffee (which… duh) I’m afraid Saturday looks a little vacant for me, so I will be spending the day dipping into a smattering of panels in between long gaming jaunts before MadStravaganza which is always entertaining. But of course Saturday night is also the rock and metal night with the Party Pirate, the one night of the year I actually go out to party. It’ll be made harder this year for the need to migrate to and from accommodation, I will be staying off-site for the first time ever, but still, I can but make the best of it.

Sunday, I look forward to seeing the Adventure Bastards again, their last live show was something truly entertaining, if not entirely in keeping with the spirit of Call of Cthulhu and Lovecraftian horror, but that’s hard to make as entertaining as their show. Fortunately it ends right before the closing ceremonies.

All of this is under the presumption that everything goes according to plan, which it probably won’t. The best way to stay up to date and informed is to make sure you have the Amecon app installed. We can only enjoy what happens as it happens, and I look forward to seeing as many of you lovely nerds as possible. See you there.


A Busy Calendar

Apologies for the late and short article, but between the recent heatwave and the workload I’ve taken on, it’s occasionally a struggle to keep up with everything, but here’s a short list of excuses.

19th July: GeekOut Shrewsbury Steampunk’d – Next Thursday, the poll for the premeet will be up shortly, there will be TWO COMPETITIONS! in case you already missed that announcement. Part of today’s job will be hastily throwing a pub quiz together, or at least starting the process. The other competition will be the “Stick Some Gears On It” Inventors Fair, present an object that has been adorned with Steampunk paraphernalia, cogs, gears, vents, pipes, and valves, then justify your invention to our panel of judges (me in different hats). (more…)


Behind The Scenes: Running A GeekOut Bristol Meet

I’ve been asked a few times about how we get it done; how every month, without fail, we’ve managed to run a GeekOut Bristol Meet since 2013. How every month, I manage to get a large collection of geeks to a pub. How we manage to get people playing games, people drinking and eating together – and most importantly, how on Earth do we get such a good atmosphere? I can’t answer all of these questions (trade secrets), but if you’re looking to run your own Meetup event somewhere, perhaps this is food for thought?

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GeekOut South-West’s Christmas 2017

You’d better watch out,
You’d better not pout,
You’d better not cry,
I’m telling you why,
GeekOut Meetups are coming to town.

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GeekOut Shrewsbury in 2018

If you’re reading this on the day of publishing, you should already be on your way to GeekOut Shrewsbury, you can read this tomorrow or something just get to Monty’s Tower! If you’re reading this from Friday onwards, or if you are for whatever reason incapable of getting to GeekOut in Shrewsbury, then you have a lot to look forward to next year.

Note that all the details listed here are subject to minor changes, mostly additions, this is just a trailer after all, the finished product is still in the editing suite. So here I write in the past on the matter of the future, for you to read in the present. Moving swiftly on with the terrible march of time!

January 25th GeekOut Resolutions

We’ll ring in the new year with some pledges to change our ways for the geekier! No, there’ll be no demands to give up your vices or pledges to shed the Christmas-kilos, but why not finally commit to reading that book series you’ve always had your eye on, or digging into that unplayed collection of games in your Steam list? There’s that event you’ve been planning to attend, the cosplay that’s been sat on your to-do list for far too long, and all those films people have been telling you are essential viewing!

It’s time to resolve! In the mean time expect a Geeky Pub Quiz, we’ll be holding them every odd numbered month, gotta change things up from time to time.

February 22nd Sweet Lovecraft

As couples unite under strange stars, dancing to forbidden tunes, so too do the lovelorn yearn for the love that dare not speak its name, for fear of what horrors that name may invoke. Take up the felt-tip pens and assorted craft supplies, and sacrificially pour out your heart into creepy, eldritch, and alien Valentines cards (tentacles not required, but not discouraged).

Brush up on some Lovecraftian horror in February, you may wish to cite the verses found in the Necronomicon to profess your agonised screaming… or whatever emotions you may be feeling at the time.

March 29th March at the Movies

The unrelenting tide of cinema moves us to compose an entire quiz comprised of film and film related media and media that has itself been made into films. Red carpet pending, possible red welcome-mat stand in on hand, we’re on a budget here.

And on the subject of films…

April 26th DC vs Marvel

Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe… but this does put a smile on my face.

The trailer says May, but in the UK it’ll be the day after April’s GeekOut Shrewsbury. Seems like a perfect day to pitch Marvel against DC, villains against villains, heroes against heroes, with the occasional 2000AD or Vision Comics cameo just to muddy the waters. We may or may not have to organise a GeekOut Cinema Trip while we’re on the job.

May 25th May The GeekOut Be With You

Star Wars and science fiction in general will be the focus of May’s quiz and overall event goings-on. If you can tell your Peacekeepers from your Stormtroopers, split your Jedi from your Rangers, and know which boxes to file Cylons and Borg then you’ll be off to a good start. You may also want to look up the meaning of the word Muadib.

June 28th Gamers Gauntlet

Time to run some tournaments. Victories in a variety of games – tabletop and video – will raise you through a bracket to compete for the disappointing prize which may or may not be a gauntlet. The games will be decided based on your votes throughout May and June, so keep an eye on GeekOut South-West for news and your chance to have some input on June’s Gamers Gauntlet.

July 26th Steam Punked

Gather ye round innovators and inventors, you’ll need to have your life’s work ready and on the table to be torn apart by the mustachio’d and judicious judging panel (it’s me). If times are hard, just slap some gears on something. Take your table lamp and show me your Situated Illuminatrix, show me no sofas but your Multicapacitated Respitor might turn heads. It’s the “Stick Some Gears On It” Inventors Fayre!

Class yourself up to the teeth in the latest in retro fashions, technolysed victoriana, top hats and chimney spouts, and sink your teeth into a the months quiz.

August 30th Tengen Toppa GeekOut Lagann

At the height of summer is the height of our untamed power! Kick off from underground and blast straight into the heavens with unrestrained might!

August’s anime themed GeekOut Meet will see us building prototype mechs to take us into the future and into victory, but in accordance with the space we’ll have to work with they shall be small and made predominantly of paper and cardboard.

September 27th Harry Potter and the Shrewsbury Geeks

Back to school, but if we must don uniforms lets at least keep it geeky. Septembers quiz shall be unapologetically strong on the Harry Potter themes, we’ll keep it mostly accessible but there’s no doubt that the Muggles will be disadvantaged. Dress wizardly or witchly for cheeky extra points, and expect September’s Disappointing Prize to be sourced from Labyrinth in Grope Lane.

October 25th Lycanthropic

Bang on full moon too, almost like we planned it that way…

Hallowe’en need not be a theme in it’s own right. It’s filled with potential, and subgenres and possibilities. Nor should we feel restricted to werewolves when the notion of humans becoming carnivorous monsters has been around longer than Anthony Hopkins. Competition and survivors TBD.

November 29th NaNoGeKo

Nearly finished NaNoWriMo?

They say everyone has a book inside them, well we’re not looking to extract the whole thing, just give it a peak at the outside world. Whether you’ve been taking part in National Novel Writing Month or are still in the planning stages, come prepared, or prepared to prepare to write the blurb for that book you’ve always wanted to put to paper. Expect a literary quiz, meaning no fewer than two competitions with prizes to boot! Arrive dressed in a dust jacket and your finest bookmark.

December 27th GiftWrapped GeekOut

Mimicking the annual habits of GeekOut Bristol, we shall be running a Super-Secret Santa, and this is important because we may very well be running the same this year on the 28th! This year we’ll impose a £5 spending limit, next year raising to £5.50 to account for inflation, but deducting fifty pence to account for economic disaster. The task is simple enough: buy a present for someone, you don’t know who. If you put a present in you can take a present out!

Running it in 2018 and in future years will pend the success of running it this year, much the same as GeekOut itself. So far you’ve made the effort that goes into running GeekOut all the more enjoyable. See you later on today, and again next month, and hopefully, all year after that. If you’re enjoying GeekOut then spread the love through Facebook and Meetup.


The Shrewsbury Insider: Harry Potter’s Labyrinth, D&D in The Cave

Ahh, Shrewsbury is a-growing.

We have a thriving nerd community around town, GeekOut Shrewsbury is only one addition to a variety of events, groups, societies and organisations with a geeky slant. Shrewsbury, let me tell you, we are the envy of many towns and cities around the country where the gamers, film buffs, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror fans are simply not as well catered to.

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